On this episode of Tackling Tech, Tierra interviews Rita Wirtz, a reading specialist, blogger, former Principal and teacher, keynote speaker, and author of “Reading Champions! Teaching Reading Made Easy!” Rita shares her idea of a utopian school and says there is a chance for a fresh start in education as students return to a physical classroom. Pushing the idea of “catching up” after falling behind last year won’t benefit students or teachers.

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0:00 Intro
2:40 Conversation starts
6:32 Utopian school
11:05 Returning students
15:16 Student equity and engagement
19:18 Replace “learning loss” with “acceleration and giftedness”
20:30 Role of principal
24:06 Recognize teachers
27:45 Benefit of PLN
28:45 Chance for a fresh start
30:50 Connecting with Rita

Rita Wirtz: Twitter LinkedIn Reading Champs Facebook
Rita’s Blogs on Bam Radio Network
Rita Wirtz’s Books

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